Kelvin Gastelum Responds To Robert Whittaker's UFC 234 Withdrawal

Jim Crute UFC 234

Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) came down with a "severe abdominal injury", according to UFC officials, and was deemed unable to compete in tonight's title-fight headliner against Kelvin Gastelum (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC).

It is understood a devastated Whittaker will undergo surgery on Sunday.

UFC 234 will now be headlined by a three-round middleweight main event featuring former division kingpin Anderson Silva taking on rising contender Isreal Adesanya.

A UFC spokesperson said the issue was not related to his weight cut.

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The UFC 234 main card will begin on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET Saturday.

He is a heavy favorite going up against the 43-year old Silva, who has not fought in two years, and a victory should catapult the entertaining Style Bender into the main event scene.

Whittaker, fresh off winning the middleweight belt, had been scheduled to mount his first title defense in February 2018 against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia.

Now, a year later, history has repeated itself with even worse timing for Dana White.

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Klopp also provided an update on the fitness of Trent Alexander-Arnold , Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum , who were all back in training on Thursday, as well as the prolonged absence of Dejan Lovren .


The new co-main is the lightweight matchup between Lando Vannata and Marcos Mariano.

Silva was guaranteed a title shot by White if he defeats Adesanya at UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne this weekend.

Fighting out of Sydney, Whittaker is the UFC's first titleholder from Australia.

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